Inventor Alan L Francoeur
Inventor Alan L Francoeur
These writings contain information on several types of fuel systems that I developed, tested, and improved upon starting back in 1980-81 to the time of this writing. Though I have learned many interesting results with the unit described in this report, it is considered a complex system, and there are still factors to be solved in building this system for reliable consistent use. The information that I have offered in this book are my opinions based on the results of my vaporizer system, and your opinions may vary based on the results of your own vapor system. You can consider this information and weigh it for your self. I do hope you find it of value and useful in your quest to becoming energy independent, and inspires you to actively pursue the truth, and empowers you do everything possible to realizing the dream made reality.
some larger photographs of Alf invention
I would like to introduce to you a system and means to convert liquid petroleum fuels into a steady stream of high density dry vapor. The concept that I have employed allows for the continual production of dry vapor fuel that is capable of running an internal combustion engine. It also recycles the un-evaporated waste liquid fuels with an overflow return line that is connected to a fuel pump. Fine droplets of fuel that would have other wise been aspirated through the engine and burnt in a catalytic converter is recycled, cooled, and returned to the fuel tank. One feature of this vaporizer system is that it removes the liquid fuel droplets and mixes dry vapor fuel into the jet stream, which makes it possible for our automobiles to run as clean as a natural gas powered engines.
I always enjoy inventing, experimenting, and fabricating things together to see how well I could make my ideas work, and as a result of hard work and dedication this is the latest version of my vaporizer design. During the two summers of 1980 and 1981, I had a strong fascination to improve the fuel economy of my vehicles because they had poor fuel mileage, and produced dirty exhaust gas. So I went to work intrigued with ideas and fabricated many components with all the materials, experimenting, testing, and refining the concept into my present vaporizer design. I incorporated a totally enclosed efficient heat exchanger unit that gets it heated medium pumped and circulated from the engine, the heat is then transferred to the inner chamber where vaporization takes place.
This vaporizer is a system that redirects a portion of the engine heat into the vaporizer unit. It then uses the heat from an internal combustion engine to vaporize liquid gasoline into high-density dry vapor. When the vapor fuel reaches an optimum density, the engine will burn this efficiently as if it would burn natural gas, or propane. This opens the possibility for the dry vapor fuel to be metered, and controlled, and introduced into the engine by similar means as natural gas, or propane powered vehicles.
As a result, many of the components such as the venturys, vapor lines, stainless steel fittings and fuel lines, O2 censors and controllers, and 2000psi stainless steel pipe, and more. All these materials are utilized to insure the safe operation and efficient performance for the production if a high density vapor fuel on engine demand. The intended goal with this project is to improve the fuel economy and reduce the pollution emissions on the internal combustion engine.
I must express the importance of safety with the vaporizers that I have invented. The author has spared no expense in using the highest quality certified materials, and all other components, to insure the highest standards for safety and durability are applied.
The author has no control of workmanship of others attempting to construct my vaporizers. Therefore, the responsibility of quality and workmanship, and hazards, is on the builder. If you build your own vaporizers different than what I describe in this writings, your results may vary accordingly. Anyone attempting to build any vapor systems such as I described in this writing, must do so with care and caution, and insure safety is to the front and foremost at all points of construction.
Back in 1980-81, the materials that I used to construct my earlier generation experimental test vaporizers were, brass fittings, copper tubing, heater hose, various sizes of tin cans, aluminum, electric fuel pumps, wool, etc. I also constructed ventures using air pumps to push the vapor into the engine where it mixed with the in rushing air as it was running. After I constructed the copper coil tube pipes, and fabricated all the brass and tin components, I used pipe solder and welded it all together, and my first test vaporizers were realized. As proof of concept devices, I installed the system on a 1975 4X4 Blazer Chevrolet with a 402 CID engine, this is the vehicle I owned and used at the time.
Being that my vaporizers were inexpensive to fabricate, I then constructed and tested several more versions and implementing as many improvements as I could to improve the effect. I focused mainly on improving my ideas to enhance the vaporization of liquid fuels, and the means to control the flow, and the density, and the mixtures of the air to vapor fuel ratios.
Stainless steel is now the choice material for the construction of all my vaporizers described in this report, this insures the safe operation of the vaporizers in a total enclosed self contained unit. All my vaporizers are constructed with 100% non-corrosive stainless steel 2000psi 1/8 thick pipe grade materials, and high quality stainless steel tubing. They are professionally TIG welded together, and have no moving parts and it will never wear out, shown in fig 1, and 2.
ALF Vaporizer Description
The vehicles that I used for the testing of the vaporizers is a GMC crew cab 1 ton truck 4x4 dually with a 454 CID engine, and the other test car is a 1973 FORD Station wagon with a 400 CID engine. The engines of these vehicles are shown in fig 3 and 4.
Fig 3 Fig 4
In this vaporizer system that I have designed, there is a small air filter that has
a hose connection to an air inlet pipe leading into the gas tank, there is also a one way check valve mounted in between the small air filter and the gas tank, this insures that there is no outward flow of gasoline. This air filter is for the purpose of filtering the in rushing air into the inlet of this fuel vapor system. There is mounted another stainless steel vapor line that is connected to the fuel tank, and runs all the way along the under frame of the vehicle, and goes up to the engine compartment where it enters the bottom of the vaporizer.
At this point, the vapor is collected and delivered the from the gasoline tank and plumbed into the filtered air inlet on the bottom of the vaporizer. Test has shown that the density of the vapor fuel from the gasoline tank alone, is enough to run a big block 454 cid engine at up to 1500 rpm. The density of this incoming vapor charged is greatly multiplied when the incoming vapor charge bubbles through the pool of liquid gas that maintained inside the bottom of the vaporizer. Check (Filtered Air Inlet) in the diagram I provided.
There are two fuel pumps in the circuit, a primary and a secondary, as shown in fig 5. The primary fuel pump delivers the fuel into and through cold start injection nozzle that is mounted on the bottom outside of the vaporizer, this is where it makes a fine mist spray pattern that is directed up inside the heated interior of the vaporizer.
The secondary fuel pump removes and recycles the un-evaporated over flow gasoline, and cools while it is being pumped back into the gas tank. A pool of gas about 1 1/2 inches deep is maintained inside the bottom of the vaporizer, this is the location where the vapor density that has been delivered from the gas tank is multiplied.
Heated exhaust from the engine, and or hot engine coolant is tapped, and circulated into the inlet and outlet of the isolated heating chambers of the vaporizer. Heated medium from the engine (such as hot coolant or hot exhaust) is circulated through the isolated flow chambers, and the outer chamber has no flow connection into the isolated fuel vapor chamber. The outlet of the hot exhaust gas or hot coolant is plumbed back to the engine again.
I constructed this vaporizer system to work as a heat exchanger that redirects and delivers heat from the engine to the vaporizer, and back to the engine again. The heat is then transferred to heat the liquid fuel that is pumped through the cold start injector nozzle, the heated liquid fuel is then inside the isolated fuel vapor chamber. The heated dry vapor fuel is then continually drawn up and through a multi layered screen stack, and out of the top of the vaporizer with the use of the engine manifold vacuum pressure. The screen process filters the liquid gasoline droplets that are floating around inside of the vapor chamber, and collects it at the bottom of the vaporizer as the dry vapor fuel is delivered to the engine.
Now we have an isolated inner vapor chamber that is heated from the engine. The gasoline that is sprayed out of the injector nozzle is mixed with the vapor fuel that has been pumped from the gas tank.
The fuel is then vaporized into a very heavy vapor density inside the upper portions of the vaporizer. The heavy vapor fuel density under manifold vacuum is drawn up through multi layers of 100 mesh stainless steel screens, and wool. This multi layered screen system effectively removes all fine liquid droplets that are floating around inside the vapor chamber, it also functions as an effective safety flame arrestor as shown in upper right of fig 1.
A ventri plate (to create the vacuum) is mounted on and with the air intake system, this is where the dry heavy vapor fuel density is drawn in (or pushed) and metered, and is mixed with the in rushing air, shown in fig 6, 7. The engine then burns this high density vapor fuel as if it were propane or natural gas. Many components from propane powered vehicles can be adapted and used in many areas of my vapor system. Such as all the gas lines, vapor lines, hose connections, ventury, O2 sensors and controllers to automatically control the vapor fuel to air ratios.
Fig 6 Fig 7
This vapor system will run lean if the inlet valves are closed too much, and it will also run very rich mixtures if the inlet valves are open too much. The purpose of the O2 sensor and controller chip is to control the air to vapor fuel mixtures. The O2 controller unit that works with a fast reacting dry vapor valve, cuts back some of the vapor fuel so it will not run to rich. And when the O2 censor controller unit senses a lean mixture, it opens the fast acting vapor inlet valve to allow more vapor to flow in the mixture, thus keeping the air fuel ratios as optimum as possible.
Here is a list of materials that are needed to construct one of my vaporizer systems, some components may vary depending on what changes you make.
List of materials
1)Small air filter, one with a 1" inside diameter and approx. 3" high.
2) 1/8" 304 stainless steel plate, 20"by 20" square, non-corrosive.
3) One each, 100 and 200-mesh stainless steel screen 20" by 20" square, non-corrosive type.
4) Two 7-psi minimum electric fuel pumps for the injector nozzle.
5) 12" long stainless steel pipe, 4.5" outside diameter, 2000-psi pipe, 1/8" wall thickness.
6) 4" long, 2 3/8" diameter stainless steel pipe, 1/8" wall thickness.
7) 12" long stainless steel pipe, 3.5" outside diameter, 2000-psi pipe, 1/8 " wall thickness.
8) 10" by 10", 1/4" thick, stainless steel plate.
9) 10" by 10" square, 1/2" thick stainless steel plate.
10) 6" long, 1 5/8" diameter stainless pipe, wall thickness 1/8" or less.
11) Electronic feed back control dry vapor valve with O2 sensor, (# note this is optional).
12) Propane vapor hose or stainless steel line, 1" diameter, enough to reach from gas tank to engine compartment.
13) 12 volt, 3 terminal solenoid, and two 15 amp toggle switches.
14) Spools of electric wire #14 gauge, black, red, green, yellow.
15) Silicone pipe sealant, or tape pipe sealant, to prevent leaks in the threaded connections.
16) Machine fasteners, 1/4" thread, 1/2" thread length, box of 30.
17) 1/2" long machine fasteners, 1/8" thread or a little larger, longer fastener can be cut.
18) Volkswagen Rabbit Cold start injector nozzle, or similar stainless steel type.
19) Several sizes (threaded inside) stainless fittings for plumbing of inner chambers.
20) 1/2" diameter stainless tubing (# note -not pipe) for hot coolant version, 30" long.
21) 3/4" diameter stainless tubing (# note - not pipe) for hot exhaust version, 30" long.
22) Several sizes outside threaded brass fittings for plumbing of lines.
23) 25" long stainless tubing (# note - not pipe), approx. minimum 3/4" inside diameter.
24) 25" long stainless tubing (# note - not pipe), 11/2" diameter.
25) Coarse stainless steel wool, same type used in mist separators.
26) 2 -Y shape line connections for redirecting the engine coolant fluid.
27) Several sizes of nylon tie binding straps.
28) 10' heater hose, if hot radiator coolant option us used.
29) Several sizes of stainless steel clamps, 16 total (no weaker steel ones).
30) Several flat rolled iron bars, 3/4" wide & 1/8" thick, for mounting of vaporizer, etc.
31) Nuts & bolts, 1/4" thread, several sizes less than 1" long with washers & lock washers.
32) Dual fuel tank switch, type with no return line.
33) Ventury carburetor with valve & linkage not purchased until engine type is known.
34) 2 lbs of sand for pipe bending, this prevents collapsing of the coil tube.
35) Some materials will be left over when the vaporizer is fully constructed.
A stainless steel flow coil is shown Top view of vaporizer
during assembly of vaporizer in fig 8. after completion of TIG welding in fig 9.
Fig 8 Fig 9
The vaporizer in fig 10, & 11, has a different experimental bottom pool chamber bolted in place during testing and refining stage.
Fig 10 Fig 11
When I was testing the operation of the vaporizer in cold weather, I noticed a decrease in the density of the vapor that was getting to the engine. I found that due to the cooler air temperatures the vapor would tend to change phase back to a liquid, which caused the density of the vapor to drop. While running the Ford 400cid motor in cooler temperatures, and using propane vapor hose to deliver the dry vapor fuel from the vaporizer to the engine, the problem was more noticeable. See fig 5.
I solved this problem by shaping stainless steel pipes that are mounted within pipes, the ends are then tig welded with stainless threaded pipe connections, shown in fig 12. This made for a longer heat exchanger unit with two isolated chambers, one inner and outer. Hot fluid medium from the engine is circulated through the outer chamber, similar to heating of the vaporizer. The cooling vapor problem was solved using this heat exchanger pipe which prevented the vapor from cooling, and allowed the vaporizer to perform better in cooler weather. My testing have shown that in order for the system to run with greater efficiency, the temperature of the heated vapor must be maintained on route to the air intake system as soon as the vapor fuel is produced, fig 12.
Looking at the many possibilities of a vapor system like this and being creative, the technology can be optimized to realize its full potential as a viable option to increasing the fuel economy, and cleaning up the emissions of our automobiles. Then we could all drive a more efficient and cleaner running automobile, achieving improved fuel economy and reducing pollution is easier than one thinks. This system when perfected can help us reach that goal and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.
Results of Vaporizer
During the testing of my earlier vaporizers, I have found that the density of the vapor gas in the system can become unstable with changing outside temperatures and varying engine rpm. This stresses the importance to design the vaporizer to produce a consistent high-density dry vapor fuel on engine demand. I added improvements to aid the systems performance, some of which have been addressed in this writing, and others have not. The vaporizer system I am describing will allow you to continue the development where I left off, which you can make your own improvements to improve this system even more.
A sample of the exhaust gas test data are listed below, there are two tests, one of propane fuel fig 15, and the other dry vapour gasoline fig14. These tests were made to compare the difference between the two gases, to see if the high-density gasoline vapour fuel can burn as clean as propane. The results of the exhaust gas tests indicate that the vaporizer has potential to improve the economy and reduce the pollution exhausted from our cars and trucks.
Explanation of print out
1) A/F ratio - This is the fuel air ratio mixture, 14 to 15 is our target. We have achieved this percentage which is adjustable through the mixing ventri. The air to vapor fuel mixture ratios can be changed by adjusting the opening and closing of the mixing valves.
2) HC - Hydrocarbon blow by pollutants (toxic gasses). The lowest possible reading was our project goal. We have achieved a lower reading of 22 using vapor fuel fig 14, and a higher reading of 45 using propane fuel fig 15. Both readings are under Canadian accepted levels of around 60.
3) CO - Carbon monoxide gas. The lowest possible reading is our goal, and we have achieved 1.27 in the vapor fuel test. This is an improvement compared to the results of propane gas, which gave a reading of 2.41. This also shows a drastic drop in carbon monoxide gas, which results in more efficient burning of the fuel, with less waste, and less pollution.
4) CO2 - This indicates percent of fuel burnt, an efficient running engine should read below 14, our results were well below that with a reading of 12.6 for gasoline vapor, and 11.8 with propane fuel. Of the many other print outs of the test results, the vapor system gave consistence readings that fell within these numbers when the system was running properly.
5) O2 - Oxygen in exhaust. Test show higher oxygen readings in the exhaust system indicate less oxygen consumed during combustion. This shows the dry vapor fuel is burned off during combustion first before the oxygen is consumed, thus higher O2 in the exhaust gas. This reduces the need for an air pump and the catalytic converter, because there is no unburned fuel left in the exhaust system to burn in a catalytic converter. The vaporizer effectively removes the unburnable liquid droplets of gas before the vapor fuel is delivered to the engine.
Fig 16 & 17 show the air care readings of the Ford 400cid engine.
Other air care printed data results are included below from the vaporizer installment on the Ford station wagon with the 400cid engine. Some of this data show what happens when the vapor system runs leaner, and they are included for comparisons in fig 18, 19, 20.
This author is aware that gasoline is composed of approximately 27 difference chemicals and they all vaporize at different temperatures. The vapor system I describe in this writing will tend to circulate the heavier un-evaporated fuels back into the gas tank. If the temperature of the vaporizer were increased to around 450 degrees to vaporize the heavier liquid fuels, less un-evaporated overflow gasoline would circulate back to the fuel tank. This vaporizer is capable of operating at these higher temperatures with modifications to the exhaust system. This arrangement could lead to the elimination of the fuel return line, by pumping only the amount of fuel that the vaporizer needs to produce the desired amount of dry vapor density, on engine demand.
The efficiencies that one could expect on their vehicles with this system fuel is still an open question. The more you refine this design to recover the waste un-burnt fuels, the better the economy you will get from the engine. The results from my tests of this vapor system have proven the concept is worthy of further research and development. I hope the reader will take on where I left off with this vaporizer system, add you own improvements to make it better, and carry it further to practical applications for the benefit of society.
There is enough information in this writing for you to build your own vaporizer system. I must stress the point again to implement as many safety features as possible when dealing with these gas vapor converters, or any other gas vapor converter. Gasoline vapor is explosive and must be treated with respect and care, and never let your guard down. I wish you all the success, and good luck in developing your own vaporizer system, the possibilities are unlimited.
At this time, I would like to express my thanks to all those who have been supportive, and helpful in our efforts to making this vapor system possible, without your help we may have not been able to continue. I would also like to thank my good friends Brian and Rose Langan, with out their help it would have taken us much longer to develop the vapor system. In particular, I would like to thank my wife Janice for all her years of dedication, understanding, and support, in our quest to realize the dream of a better future.
Knowledge is power and may the truth set you free.
Alan L Francoeur